October 15, 2013

Peel educators attend literacy conference—as learners

Conference helps teachers discover strategies, new research to support student success in 21st century

Peel District School Board will host its 9th annual Celebrating Literacy conference at the Mississauga Convention Centre on Oct. 17 and 18. Peel educators will gather for the two-day event which offers hands-on workshops and keynote presentations where participants will explore innovative teaching strategies to meet the needs of today’s learners.

“Literacy in the 21st century is about understanding new literacy’s and identities, and new ways of knowing and working in order to make sense of the world,” says Maria Luisa Lebar, instructional coordinator for literacy with the Peel board. “It is our moral imperative to create learning environments that support the development of literate learners that analyze, evaluate, interpret, ask questions, identify biases, express thoughts and understand their role as active and responsible citizens in our communities.” 

Participants will hear keynote presentations from internationally respected authors and educational leaders, including Richard Allington, Kylene Beers, Tanny McGregor, Robert Probst and Susan Zimmermann. Keynote and workshop topics will inspire, transform and energize Peel educators as they explore critical cross-curricular literacy skills, assessment and student engagement strategies.

The event runs from 4:30 to 8:15 p.m. on Oct. 17 and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 18. The Mississauga Convention Centre is located at 75 Derry Rd. in Mississauga.

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Media contact:     Maria Luisa Lebar, Instructional Coordinator, Literacy, 905-890-1010, ext. 2532, [email protected]

Reference:     Ryan Strang, Communications Assistant, 905-890-1010, ext. 2626, [email protected]

Note to media: A full schedule and list of workshops and speakers is available by contacting Maria Luisa Lebar.

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